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Tuesday 1st March 2011

Peugeot Unveils 2011 Le Mans Racer

New 908 goes from V12 to V8, and 'only' 550bhp

Peugeot has brought to Geneva the car it hopes will be able to extract revenge on Audi at Le Mans: the 908.

That's a rather confusing name, because their previous contender was also known as the 908, even though this new car shares only its windscreen wiper with the previous one. Initially dubbed '90X', Peugeot's marketers felt the 908 brand was too strong to let go of.

The new car is the company's response to the rules changes at Le Sarthe for 2011. It incorporates the 'shark fin' engine cover, and the engine has been downsized from the old 5.5-litre V12 to a 3.7-litre V8 turbo diesel producing 550bhp - some 150bhp down on before. To compensate, Peugeot has reduced the downforce, hoping to maintain much of the straight-line speed.

The new 908 will complete in the expanded Intercontinental Le Mans Cup over seven rounds, of which the Le Mans 24 hours is a double points scoring event. The driver line up is the same as last year, including Brit Antony Davidson.

Author: Adam Towler

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